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2015 Jot D. Carpenter Teaching Medal

Carl Steinitz, Hon. ASLA, will receive the Jot D. Carpenter Teaching Medal during the ASLA President's Dinner on November 9 in Chicago, one of the special evening events of the 2015 ASLA Annual Meeting. Photo: Harvard Graduate School of Design

Carl Steinitz, Hon. ASLA, will receive the 2015 ASLA Jot D. Carpenter Teaching Medal for significant and sustained excellence in landscape architecture education.

Steinitz, a professor emeritus at the Harvard Graduate School of Design from 1965 through 2010, has dedicated himself to landscape architecture education. Underlying his work is the belief that landscape architects should be leaders in helping solve some of our most pressing issues. Steinitz has influenced thousands of students worldwide, and his methods and values influence the many who have gone on to be leaders in the field.

In 1990, Steinitz received the Alfred LaGasse Medal from the American Institute of Architects. In 2003, he became an Honorary Member of ASLA, and in 2010, he was named a Fellow of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture.

In his nomination letter to ASLA, Gary Hilderbrand, FASLA, principal at Reed Hilderbrand, and professor in practice of landscape architecture at Harvard Graduate School of Design, wrote:

"I think Carl's body of research, coursework, publications, influence and productive longevity ... place him in a very special class of teachers with the likes of Erv Zube, Ian McHarg, Stanley White, Hideo Sasaki, and Meto Vroom and Dirk Sijmons in Europe. Quite simply, Carl Steinitz has been and remains one of our most deeply committed and influential teachers."

Allan Shearer, Ph.D., ASLA, an associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, noted Carl's encyclopedic knowledge of landscape planning and design methods, and his international reach, including honorary professorships at Beijing Forestry, University College London, University of Sheffield, Cagliari University (Italy) and Ritsumeikan University (Japan). Fulbright Distinguished Professor at Lisbon Technical University, the University of Port, and the University of Coimbra (Portugal) and the University of Ljublijana (Slovenia).

"Since retiring from Harvard," wrote Shearer, "Carl ... regularly participates in the weekly seminar meetings of doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows at the Center for Advanced Spatial Analysis at the Bartlett School, University College London. There, as he has done so many times before, he helps young scholars develop their research skills."

Shearer notes Steinitz has helped develop a doctoral program offered jointly by the three universities in Portugal that grant degrees in landscape architecture. The introduction of this program is expanding the intellectual base of the profession in that country.

He has also been working with the European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools to help its members develop compatible curricula guidelines that meet the European Union mandate that licensure of professional degrees be recognized across national borders.

Steinitz most recent book, A Framework for Geodesign: Changing Geography by Design (2012) has been translated into four languages.

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